18-26 January 2020 – New Zealand Open

18-26 January 2020 – New Zealand Open

Croquet New Zealand Presents The New Zealand Open Championships held by the Wellington Croquet Association at Kelburn Croquet Club from Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th January 2020 from 8:30am

Manager: Tom Berryman, Ph: (04) 236 8877, Email: tom.berryman@xtra.co.nz

Asst Manager: Dick Smith

Referee: TBA

Headquarters: Kelburn Croquet Club, Kelburn Park, Salamanca Road, Kelburn, Wellington

Other Venues: Wellington Municipal Croquet Club & Petone Central Croquet Club

Entries: Entries close Thursday 19th December 2019

Entry Fees:

Event 1: $105 includes entry to event 1(a),

Event 2: $40

Draw: Tournament Manager.

Catering: Any club house fees, up to $5 per day, will be charged to all competing players only for the days present.



1. New Zealand Open Championship: Open to all. Play will commence with seeded block play.  Depending on entries, the intention is to have 32 players qualify for the Open Singles Knockout.  Each match will be played as best-of-three games, except that the manager may choose to play best-of-five matches from the quarter finals onwards.  Challenge Cup presented by J.W. Lill 2018-19 winner- Greg Bryant.  Runner-up will receive the John Prince Trophy presented by A.D.J. Heenan, OBE. 2018-19 – Josh Freeth

1(a) Bronze Medal: All players who are eliminated from Open Knockout are eligible to play in the Bronze Medal. Flexible swiss event. 2018-19 – Dennis Bulloch

1(b) Heenan Plate: All players entered in event 1 who do not qualify for the Open Singles Knockout are eligible to enter the Heenan Plate. Trophy presented by A.D.J. Heenan, OBE. 2018-19 winner- John Christie

2. New Zealand Championship Doubles: Open to all. Play will commence with seeded blocks. Those qualifying from the blocks will proceed into post-section play. Shields presented by Messrs E.G. Rawnsley and N.H. MacFarlane. 2018-19 – Chris Clarke and Jenny Clarke

2(a) Doubles Plate: Open to pairs in event 2 that have not qualified for the main doubles knockout. Single -game knockout format. Entry is optional- 2018-19 – Toby Garrison & Kaleb Small

3. All players with a New Zealand handicap of 0 or higher will be automatically considered for the Charles Jones Memorial Encouragement Salver. The Salver will be awarded to the player with the best record in the handicap range as determined by the Tournament Management Committee. Trophy presented by Alison Mcmillan. 2018-19 – Logan McCorkindale



1. Advanced Play.

2. Hoops will be set to the widest axis of any ball to be used on the lawn plus 1 /32” with an upwards tolerance of zero and a downward tolerance of 1 /64th of an inch

3. As many entries will be accepted as possible with entries limited only if the number of players per available lawn is exceeded.

4. The Doubles will be played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Singles will commence on Tuesday.

5. Information on the playing schedule and other issues will be posted on Croquet Scores after the entries have closed.  The Manager will provide players with an outline of the method after entries close.

6. Players Choice method of seeding will be used to seed the singles knockout.

7. Quadway hoops will be used.